Tokina 28-80mm F2.8 AT-X 280 AF PRO A-mount lens review by jimbo

reviewer#1641 date: Jan-12-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28-70 f2.6-2.8
price paid:Ł180 new
positive:- Solid build
- Fast
- Good value
- Great handling
- Non-rotating filter
negative:- Soft wide open
- Heavy
comment:This is a big heavy lens, feels very solid and the control rings have a great feel, well damped and smooth like an old MF lens - handling is a big plus for this lens.
This range isn't so good on an APS-C DSLR so I haven't used it much on digital.

However I feel it's a good performer optically, certainly when stopped down. It's soft wide open but this can sometimes be desirable. Stop down beyond f4 and it's very sharp, capable of resolving very fine detail on film.

I usually shoot @f8 or 11, chromatic aberration is well controlled. I don't shoot brick walls, so I can't really judge distortion, but I never noticed anything intrusive.

Comes with a big petal lens hood, which I always use as it can flare easily.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 19
  • sharpness: 4.03
  • color: 4.68
  • build: 4.79
  • distortion: 4.42
  • flare control: 3.16
  • overall: 4.22 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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